Skillet Donut Stout | Burial Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
4.22/5
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435 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States
burialbeer.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Skillet Oatmeal Doughnut Stout

Added by NastyNate11 on 07-14-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,297
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
435
pDev:
7.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
77
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 435 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of TheRock7755
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dflo32
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coho11
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Captain69
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

POURS NICE WITH GOOD HEAD - THOUGHT IT WOULD HVE TASTED BETTER

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Photo of BeardedWalrus
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phineasco
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brob245
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vidblain
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received in a ninja box from a terrific BA - Skillet Donut sounded terrific to me and immediately became a wish list item when I first saw it. Doesn't hurt that I love Burial!

Skillet Donut embodies some of the tastiest coffee adjuncts I've yet enjoyed. It's sweet, yet also slightly bitter and acidic, just like black coffee should be. The nose is all sweet coffee, and in a good way. The body is slightly thin, as coffee beers can occasionally be - yet the taste is still quite rich.

Skillet Donut is definitely worth a search, and probably even a trade. It's now one of my favorite canned beers.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10oz glass on tap at Sabatini's, Exeter PA this lunchtime.

looks splendid in a 10oz goblet, black body, oatmeal colored head.

aromas are a bit muted, some roastiness and a little coffee. no donut aroma.

tasty brew though. good roasted flavor without being over the top, slight coffee, no chocolate, and certainly no donut. only faintly sweet. there is a faint bourbon feel as well.

mouth is a little over medium, finish is medium roasted malt.

overall, comes off like a bigger stout than the 8.0 it is. quite enjoyable. my first from this brewery, which has apparently just started to distribute to PA. looking forward to more.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ffshore545
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hendry
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 1/17/18; drank 3/3/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge khaki head; thick, frothy tree-rung lace.

Dark roast coffee bean, cream & faint fresh earth notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

Sweet cream & dark roast coffee bean flavors up front; mild fresh earth notes on the finish.

Balanced, I suppose, with a nice mouthfeel, but the flavors clash a bit. I'd have another, but I'm not going to chase it around.

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Photo of THANAT0PSIS
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Burial Skillet

A: Burial's lauded stout pours nearly completely black and totally opaque, as black as almost any stout around. The surprisingly light khaki head is rather disappointing at only about a finger despite a hard pour. Lacing is similarly average. The viscosity belies the fact that this is not quite an imperial stout (though at 8% it is certainly approaching it; Burial's descriptor "donut stout" means less than nothing, serving only to confuse the drinker, perhaps poking fun at stylistic definitions). There are alcohol legs present. The depth of black is very impressive, and the light head is a nice contrast, but nothing else really stands out in the appearance. 3.5/5

A: While it does not look like much in the glass, the aroma (which makes itself known as soon as the can is cracked) more than makes up for the average showing. Nothing really suggests donuts save for a deep caramelized aroma that conjures up fried dough if one tries, but what is here is a whole lot of espresso, crema, dark sugars, milk chocolate, and a bunch of roast for good measure. This is mainly a coffee showcase, and it appears to be a bit simplistic, though the coffee aroma is up there with the great coffee beers. 4/5

T: The flavor improves upon the complexity but in doing so loses a bit of what impressed in the nose (and what could have made the beer special). Unexpectedly, the beer leads with a strong English stout profile with caramel, toffee, sweet malts, treacle, nuttiness, and sweet bread. Milk chocolate follows this up along with a blend of espresso and cream remeniscient of a macchiato (a real one, not that caramel syrup Starbucks abomination). The espresso is still assertive, but it fails to deliver on the intensity the aroma leads one to believe. The aftertaste features some earthy roast and burnt sugars. Even with the added complexity, it remains a fairly straightforward stout. The English leaning is refreshing in a field of overly roasty American stouts (likely this is an oatmeal stout or milk stout in composition), and the coffee brings it a little closer to an English-American hybrid, but this is not really anything that has not been done by other breweries just as well. 3.75/5

M: There is a thinness here that is both off-putting and inviting. It is unusual in this day and age to have a stout with such a drinkable texture, and while that is welcome, it clashes with the mild-to-moderate alcohol presence and stylistic expectations of the drinker (fair or unfair). Carbonation is on the low side (which also clashes with the thinner feel), but it does have a certain unattributable creaminess to it. Like the rest of the beer, the feel has pros and cons to it and ends up coming off quite nondescript. 3.25/5

O: After years of hearing great things about this beer, I must admit, I am somewhat disappointed. It is by no means a bad beer, and the strength and quality of the espresso aroma really had me excited. It just comes off...weird. It is like the beer cannot decide what it is, and as a result it comes off confused and unremarkable. I would gladly drink it again, but I would sooner reach for many other coffee stouts, even the likes of Founders Breakfast Stout, and I would pay much less for it (and other breakfast stouts). Pair with anything by Muse who cannot decide whether they want to be a true prog band or a pop band, and they end up coming off as a mediocre interpretation of both. 3.5/5

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Photo of 57md
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown color. The nose has a touch of chocolate. The flavor profile starts slightly sweet but finishes with decent bitterness - both from the hops and the roasted coffee.

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Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spark3148857
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 1/17/18. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a small khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas are coffee forward. Hints of vanilla and chocolate. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. More coffee leading the way. Some smoke and roasted characteristics. More chocolate and vanilla. Some maple in the mix. There's a subtle sweetness going on, but it's nothing crazy or over the top. It's not really bitter at all. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's pretty smooth and easy to drink.

This is a really nice coffee stout. It does have a nice donut/breakfast vibe going on. The coffee shines. Well done.

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Photo of mojuyt
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aprabhu
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of NonicPanic
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MrDarcy
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Skillet Donut Stout from Burial Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 435 ratings